Submission Type

Presentation

Session Title

Session 3-3-B: Global Case Studies

Location

Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada

Start Date

30-5-2019 1:45 PM

End Date

30-5-2019 3:10 PM

Disciplines

Leisure Studies | Quantitative Psychology | Social Statistics

Abstract

This study reports the prevalence of problematic gambling in Santiago de Chile for the period 2015-2018. Two household-based surveys were implemented in the metropolitan area of Santiago de Chile in 2015 and 2018 in order to assess changes on the prevalence, characteristics and severity of gambling (n=1030 each; SE=2,2% for a CI=95%). Severity of gambling was measured using the NODS scale.

Results show that during the analysed period the percentage of at-risk players has increased, passing from 14,3% to 16,1%, among them, we identified a decrease in the prevalence of pathological gamblers, passing from 2,4% to 1,4%. We also identify a change in the type of pathological gambler: while in 2015, the main pathological gamblers were women, in 2018, most pathological players were men. In both years, most pathological gamblers came from lower social strata.

In both years, the most played games were bingo and lottery, scratch cards and nonregulated slot machines. In 2018, most people declared to play solo, while in 2018, most people declare to play with friends and family. There are significant differences between at risk and not at-risk gamblers in satisfaction with life and other psychosocial indicators.

Keywords

Gambling, problematic gambling, NODS, Chile

Author Bio

JC Oyanedel is an associate professor at the Faculty of Education and Social Sciences of Universidad Andres Bello in Santiago de Chile. A sociologist by training, his work lies in the area of attitudes towards justice and wellbeing.

Mariela Huenchumilla is the corporate manager for responsible gambling of Sun International Casinos Latin America. A social worker by training, her work has been focused on promoting responsible playing among Chileans. She is a member of the expert group on responsible gambling at the Superintendence of Casinos of Chile.

Andrés Rubio is an adjunct professor at the Faculty of Nursing of Andrés Bello University in Santiago de Chile. An engineer and psychologist, he is currently a PhD Student in Psychology at the University of Girona, Spain.

Funding Sources

Funding for this research was provided by the Chilean Association for problematic gambling and Sun International Casinos -Chile.

Competing Interests

Mariela Huenchumilla is the corporate manager for responsible gambling of Sun Dreams Casinos Latin America, which is a company associated to gambling. JC Oyanedel and Andrés Rubio declare no conflict of interest.

Comments

The full text of this presentation will be made available on request. Data used for the second part of this article was collected between October and November of 2018.

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May 30th, 1:45 PM May 30th, 3:10 PM

Measuring gambling: Prevalence of at risk and problematic gambling in Chile 2015-2018.

Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada

This study reports the prevalence of problematic gambling in Santiago de Chile for the period 2015-2018. Two household-based surveys were implemented in the metropolitan area of Santiago de Chile in 2015 and 2018 in order to assess changes on the prevalence, characteristics and severity of gambling (n=1030 each; SE=2,2% for a CI=95%). Severity of gambling was measured using the NODS scale.

Results show that during the analysed period the percentage of at-risk players has increased, passing from 14,3% to 16,1%, among them, we identified a decrease in the prevalence of pathological gamblers, passing from 2,4% to 1,4%. We also identify a change in the type of pathological gambler: while in 2015, the main pathological gamblers were women, in 2018, most pathological players were men. In both years, most pathological gamblers came from lower social strata.

In both years, the most played games were bingo and lottery, scratch cards and nonregulated slot machines. In 2018, most people declared to play solo, while in 2018, most people declare to play with friends and family. There are significant differences between at risk and not at-risk gamblers in satisfaction with life and other psychosocial indicators.